Inthe book entitled, “ThePolice in America”Samuel and Charles (2012) contend that police corruption is one ofthe oldest and persistent problems. According to the two authors,corruption in the police involves misuse of authority, personal gain,and deviant behavior. The costs of these actions are disastrous tothe integrity and law enforcement since they protect criminalactivities.
Inthe movie entitled, “TheTraining Day,”Alonzo showed a significant level of disrespect and contempt towardsthe patrol officers. Alonzo felt least obligated to the constitutionand the law and as such his interests came before his duties to thestate. He respected the informal role of his department, and to him,these norms approved his corrupt practices and misconduct. Therefore,He disregarded and disdained patrol officers as they interfered withhis informal engagements including drug dealing. Alonzo is generallypresented as a very corrupt and immoral officer.
Asan officer, Alonzo’s character was embedded in critical policedeviance and corrupt practices. He believed that the trainingpractices could not be applied in the street dealings because theywere merely textbook policing. Alonzo and his group operated anorganized cartel that spent lots of time and efforts looking forsituations that they could exploit for financial gains.
Alonzooperated a gang of illicit drug cartels and picked money from thedrug dealers as a way of protecting them. These were not gratitudebut rather exploitation for financial gains. From observations, thecorruption depicted in the movie is an accurate reflection of thecorrupt practices in police departments in various states. The moviewas not just a vain and hollow imagination, but one based onpractical experience (Martin, 2011).
Martin.R. (2011). Police corruption: An analytical look into police ethics.TheFBI Law Enforcement Bulletin,80(5).Pp 41-44.
Samuel.W. & Charles K. (2012). Thepolice in America:Anintroduction.New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.